Barely three months after the arrest of a Muslim boy on the suspicion that he brought a bomb to school in US invited widespread condemnation, a similar incident is reported to have taken place in Texas.
A 12-year-old Sikh boy was arrested by police officials after a bully in his class reportedly accused him of having a bomb. But police officials maintained that the boy joked about blowing the school up and that they arrested the boy because ‘making a terroristic threat’ is a felony in the US.
The police told the Dallas Morning News that after arresting the boy, they handed him over to the Juvenile Justice Department after finding that the bomb claim was indeed a joke. ““People have got to learn they cannot make these types of threats, which cause alarm, which cause evacuations,” police spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook the Morning News.
An emotional post shared on Facebook by the boy’s cousin describes a narrative that’s becoming increasingly common and scary in the US.
Ginee Haer recounts in her Facebook post, that’s gone rapidly viral over the last two days, how her 12-year-old cousin, Armaan Singh Sarai, was whisked away by police officials after a bully in his class made a bomb allegation.
“On Friday, December 11th, 2015, my cousin attended school, like any other normal 12-year-old child. A bully in class thought it would be funny to accuse him of having a bomb, and so the principal, without any questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents, called the police. Worried & frightened at home, his family was concerned as to why he had not reached home right after school. They started calling every police department in the area, only to find out he was sent to a Juvenile facility. They kept him held behind bars for three consecutive days, before finally releasing him on Monday, December 15th,” she writes in the post.
Haer says that Armaan’s family moved to the US just about four months back and that being a new kid in school was not easy for him. The boy also has a heart condition due to which he has had to undergo three heart surgeries.
“It hurts my heart and boils my blood that there are people stupid enough out there not only accusing us, but our innocent children of being terrorists! It sickens me even more that there are people even more stupid out there, taking their word for it,” wrote Haer.